Prepping for HCTS – Q&A with Research Vice President William Fellows

All around the world, we are certainly enjoying the hot July weather. Before we know it, however, September and the first hints of fall will be here. September also means the 451 Research team will be off to Las Vegas for our 14th annual Hosting & Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS). The analysts are eager to discuss the hosting, cloud, datacenter and managed services sectors with our attendees and other experts, including Research Vice President William “Wif” Fellows.

Last year, he discussed the future of cloud infrastructure and the impact of containers, microservices, converged infrastructure, orchestration and more on a panel. In this Q&A, Wif reflects on HCTS 2017 and discusses his upcoming session in September.

Q: What did you discuss last year?

A: At HCTS 2017, our panel concluded that because of innovations like containers, microservices, converged infrastructure and orchestration, infrastructure is becoming increasingly software-defined, composable and converged. This trend benefits technology consumers that expect to access, assemble and pay for digital services in a simple, seamless and automated manner without requiring any specific knowledge of the underlying physical infrastructure. ‘Invisible Infrastructure,’ as it has been termed, must be instantly available, operate and scale regardless of specific requirements, and be billed and metered in a manner the customer prescribes. It just works. 

Q: What was your biggest take away from last year’s HCTS?

A: The importance and practicality of Invisible Infrastructure. While it works, it does not mean physical infrastructure is any less important. In fact, the paradox is that the more important the role infrastructure plays in our lives, the more important it becomes to shield users from having to directly interact with, or even consider, it.

It is important to remember that amid all the disruption, there lies great opportunity for service providers which can raise their software IQs and add value beyond the infrastructure as a result. Though, removing complexity and risk is an ongoing challenge.

Q: What will you be discussing in this session?

A: My session discusses how we will live in a multi-cloud, hybrid architecture world. As with any other best-of-breed approaches, managing and orchestrating across these platforms can become a nightmare for both enterprises and service providers. In the session, I will specifically discuss:
·         Approaches to creating a unified orchestration layer
·         Practicalities of effective cost management given the complexity of cloud pricing
·         Opportunities for providing simple, yet robust visibility for end users and enterprises      

Q: Why should HCTS attendees find this session valuable/what can they hope to gain?

A: Going forward there will be less building and more buying of cloud services. Cloud consumption overtakes cloud building as the primary driver of IT spending. We call it the Era of Consumption. There is a massive land grab underway as industries convert to cloud. The more effective a supplier is in supporting the transformation journey the more right it will have to play in the ongoing management and optimization which is where the majority of the opportunity is going forward. Attendees will gain an understanding of what they need to do to earn this right.

Q: Why are you excited to attend this year’s HCTS?

A: Today, 60% of enterprises surveyed for 451 Research’s Digital Pulse say the majority of IT resides on-premise. In two years the balance swings dramatically to off-premises. Moreover, cloud services will dominate the market. It’s a time of great disruption and opportunity for service providers and it will be great to see these conversations play out.

HCTS 2018 will be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, September 24-26. We will be sharing Q&As with our analysts presenting at HCTS between now and September. Don’t miss your chance to join the discussion by registering today for HCTS.
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OpenStack revenues to grow at a 35% CAGR and exceed $5bn by 2020

Private cloud revenue will overtake public cloud revenue by 2019 for service providers

Ahead of the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, 451 Research has published its latest findings about OpenStack. In the most rigorous analysis of its kind, 451 Research’s Market Monitor service expects revenue from OpenStack business models to exceed $5bn by 2020 and grow at a 35% CAGR.

To date, OpenStack-based revenue has been overwhelmingly from service providers offering multi-tenant IaaS, but the latest research indicates that private cloud revenue will exceed public cloud by 2019. Moreover, while OpenStack’s growth rate is high, overall revenue is still relatively small compared with market leaders such as VMware and AWS.
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451 Research Finds OpenStack and Commercial Private Clouds Can Beat Public Cloud on Cost – But Only at Scale

In the latest Cloud Price Index, 451 Research analyzes the costs associated with using various cloud options to determine when it becomes better value to use a self-managed private cloud instead of public or managed cloud services. Now, for the first time, cloud buyers and vendors have transparency into a complex pricing model that takes into consideration the major factors impacting total cost of ownership (TCO), including salaries and workload requirements.

451 Research finds that because of the prevalence of suitably qualified administrators, commercial private cloud offerings such as VMware and Microsoft currently offer a lower TCO when labor efficiency is below 400 virtual machines managed per engineer. But where labor efficiency is greater than this, OpenStack becomes more financially attractive. In fact, past this tipping point, all private cloud options are cheaper than both public cloud and managed private cloud options.
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Has AWS Won the Cloud?

There is no denying that AWS is the dominant public cloud provider at the moment. Does creating differentiation give other IaaS vendors, hosters, and private cloud and colocation providers a chance to compete tomorrow, and what does this mean for the choices end-users make today?

Please join Research Director Owen Rogers and Research VP Al Sadowski for a webinar on November 16th, where they will use Cloud Price Index data to connect the dots between customer requirements and best execution venues, as well as highlight where service providers should compete or cooperate with the hyperscale providers, by exploring:
• Is there room for more hyperscale providers?
• How important are open source solutions such as OpenStack going forward?
• TCO of public, private or hybrid cloud options
 

There is no denying that AWS is the dominant public cloud provider at the moment. Does creating differentiation give other IaaS vendors, hosters, and private cloud and colocation providers a chance to compete tomorrow, and what does this mean for the choices end-users make today? This webinar will use Cloud Price Index data to connect the dots between customer requirements and best execution venues, as well as highlight where service providers should compete or cooperate with the hyperscale providers, by exploring:

¬∑         Is there room for more hyperscale providers?

¬∑         How important are open source solutions such as OpenStack going forward?

¬∑         TCO of public, private or hybrid cloud options

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Calling all analyst relations professionals in London!

Do you work in analyst relations? Will you be in London this week? If yes to both, you're in luck!

We're joining the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR) on Tuesday, October 4th for a casual meetup of analyst relations professionals from the greater London area. Our head of marketing, James Stanton, will be joined by analysts William Fellows and Penny Jones to provide a general overview of our research practice and a closer look at individual analyst coverage areas. The discussion will be moderated by IIAR board member Ludovic Leforestier. 

IIAR members can RSVP for the live event hereIf you are not a member of IIAR and want to attend, please contact Maria Ashton, IIAR community manager, at mashton@analystrelations.org

For those of you who AREN'T in London but want to tune in, IIAR is broadcasting the discussion via a live webinar! Register for the webinar session here.
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